These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Colorado For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Colorado are the best of the best..

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Colorado, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Centennial State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Colorado based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Colorado ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Colorado for 2018:

  1. Bow Mar (Homes For Sale)
  2. Niwot (Homes For Sale)
  3. Castle Pines Village (Homes For Sale)
  4. Columbine Valley (Homes For Sale)
  5. Meridian (Homes For Sale)
  6. Acres Green (Homes For Sale)
  7. Pine Brook Hill (Homes For Sale)
  8. Upper Bear Creek (Homes For Sale)
  9. Holly Hills (Homes For Sale)
  10. Telluride (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Bow Mar, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Centennial State check out:

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Colorado

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 101 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 101, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Colorado. Top of that list — Bow Mar.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Colorado.

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1. Bow Mar


Population: 1,047
Median Income: $194,500 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $967,800 (2nd Best)
More on Bow Mar: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Niwot


Population: 4,588
Median Income: $107,569 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $626,600 (8th Best)
More on Niwot: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Castle Pines Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,518
Median Income: $221,071 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $987,400 (1st Best)
More on Castle Pines Village: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Columbine Valley


Population: 1,190
Median Income: $147,500 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $702,500 (6th Best)
More on Columbine Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Meridian


Population: 3,327
Median Income: $77,436 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $317,700 (31st Best)
More on Meridian: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Acres Green


Population: 2,926
Median Income: $84,717 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $267,900 (34th Best)
More on Acres Green: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Pine Brook Hill


Population: 1,091
Median Income: $229,091 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $733,200 (5th Best)
More on Pine Brook Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Upper Bear Creek


Population: 1,227
Median Income: $121,103 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $494,900 (12th Best)
More on Upper Bear Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Holly Hills


Population: 2,684
Median Income: $108,500 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $342,100 (29th Best)
More on Holly Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Telluride


Population: 1,972
Median Income: $62,929 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $794,800 (4th Best)
More on Telluride: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Inverness


Population: 1,189
Median Income: $93,438 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $373,300 (24th Best)
More on Inverness: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Lyons

Lyons, CO

Population: 2,027
Median Income: $90,806 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $426,200 (21st Best)
More on Lyons: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

13. Genesee


Population: 3,625
Median Income: $144,732 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $634,000 (7th Best)
More on Genesee: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Crested Butte


Population: 1,282
Median Income: $58,889 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $608,300 (9th Best)
More on Crested Butte: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Frisco

Frisco, CO

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,909
Median Income: $73,678 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $500,700 (11th Best)
More on Frisco: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

16. Timnath


Population: 2,023
Median Income: $103,875 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $428,000 (19th Best)
More on Timnath: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Eaton

Eaton, CO

Population: 4,791
Median Income: $72,300 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $234,600 (42nd Best)
More on Eaton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

18. Bayfield


Population: 2,527
Median Income: $64,563 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $247,400 (39th Best)
More on Bayfield: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Floyd Hill


Population: 1,063
Median Income: $77,750 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $375,100 (23rd Best)
More on Floyd Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Coal Creek


Population: 1,821
Median Income: $89,682 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $349,000 (26th Best)
More on Coal Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Colorado are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Colorado:

  1. Parachute
  2. Olathe
  3. Aetna Estates

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Colorado

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Bow Mar 1,047 $194,500 $967,800
2 Niwot 4,588 $107,569 $626,600
3 Castle Pines Village 4,518 $221,071 $987,400
4 Columbine Valley 1,190 $147,500 $702,500
5 Meridian 3,327 $77,436 $317,700
6 Acres Green 2,926 $84,717 $267,900
7 Pine Brook Hill 1,091 $229,091 $733,200
8 Upper Bear Creek 1,227 $121,103 $494,900
9 Holly Hills 2,684 $108,500 $342,100
10 Telluride 1,972 $62,929 $794,800
11 Inverness 1,189 $93,438 $373,300
12 Lyons 2,027 $90,806 $426,200
13 Genesee 3,625 $144,732 $634,000
14 Crested Butte 1,282 $58,889 $608,300
15 Frisco 2,909 $73,678 $500,700
16 Timnath 2,023 $103,875 $428,000
17 Eaton 4,791 $72,300 $234,600
18 Bayfield 2,527 $64,563 $247,400
19 Floyd Hill 1,063 $77,750 $375,100
20 Coal Creek 1,821 $89,682 $349,000
21 Snowmass Village 2,883 $66,082 $873,500
22 Perry Park 1,815 $118,438 $465,000
23 Severance 3,603 $88,109 $249,000
24 Breckenridge 4,732 $70,972 $456,300
25 Basalt 3,783 $71,885 $488,000
26 Buena Vista 2,690 $49,712 $206,400
27 West Pleasant View 4,078 $57,447 $230,900
28 Minturn 1,029 $68,542 $551,600
29 Rangely 2,331 $68,429 $167,800
30 Mead 4,181 $92,011 $321,800
31 Leadville 2,614 $41,444 $156,800
32 Indian Hills 1,335 $83,082 $300,700
33 Todd Creek 3,979 $132,169 $494,100
34 El Jebel 3,908 $81,860 $427,100
35 Georg 1,143 $63,125 $262,100
36 Kittredge 1,118 $63,512 $450,000
37 Palmer Lake 2,558 $57,727 $231,500
38 New Castle 4,610 $84,375 $278,700
39 Ponderosa Park 3,226 $96,708 $344,300
40 Silverthorne 4,206 $47,825 $466,500
41 Ridgway 1,012 $55,368 $368,400
42 Yuma 3,593 $36,154 $120,000
43 Hayden 1,786 $51,852 $236,800
44 Strasburg 2,734 $72,778 $221,400
45 Loma 1,389 $93,843 $394,600
46 Burlington 4,139 $45,168 $125,300
47 Laporte 2,352 $52,558 $254,200
48 Leadville North 1,875 $45,455 $213,400
49 Elizabeth 1,174 $56,053 $204,700
50 Nederland 1,560 $53,125 $346,300
51 Holyoke 2,314 $46,625 $131,200
52 Dolores 1,074 $34,239 $162,800
53 Palisade 2,630 $39,890 $171,200
54 Kersey 1,664 $65,000 $156,200
55 Dacono 4,623 $48,807 $182,500
56 Lincoln Park 2,977 $43,909 $159,800
57 Cascade-Chipita Park 1,365 $65,804 $241,900
58 Granby 1,722 $54,432 $209,900
59 Fraser 1,400 $48,750 $257,700
60 Ault 1,869 $51,375 $166,800
61 Idaho Springs 1,937 $52,528 $179,500
62 Mancos 1,700 $37,946 $174,100
63 Wray 2,575 $37,750 $131,800
64 Log Lane Village 1,206 $36,250 $74,400
65 Battlement Mesa 4,835 $65,855 $173,900
66 Springfield 1,430 $32,625 $63,900
67 Akron 2,003 $41,304 $91,800
68 La Salle 2,588 $49,706 $157,800
69 Colorado City 2,353 $50,811 $173,200
70 Silt 2,996 $56,447 $204,900
71 Bennett 2,097 $51,391 $161,300
72 Meeker 2,803 $41,875 $206,300
73 Julesburg 1,242 $47,036 $95,200
74 Glendale 4,905 $37,973 $135,200
75 Limon 1,372 $31,328 $117,600
76 Wiggins 1,055 $49,400 $147,400
77 Platteville 2,628 $60,208 $175,000
78 Monte Vista 4,315 $35,117 $102,900
79 Alamosa East 1,690 $46,176 $112,500
80 Cripple Creek 1,238 $32,802 $108,200
81 Byers 1,160 $56,000 $160,200
82 Keenesburg 1,227 $51,250 $176,600
83 Paonia 1,387 $38,676 $154,200
84 Penrose 3,374 $49,770 $169,200
85 Fowler 1,164 $33,650 $83,000
86 Florence 3,891 $37,153 $116,700
87 Kremmling 1,741 $51,705 $201,300
88 Pagosa Springs 1,966 $31,782 $193,500
89 Hudson 2,079 $48,438 $168,900
90 Aristocrat Ranchettes 1,073 $49,545 $174,100
91 Ordway 1,464 $26,000 $59,600
92 Walsenburg 2,917 $24,779 $91,200
93 Cedaredge 2,266 $33,809 $171,000
94 Rocky Ford 3,858 $29,250 $75,800
95 Orchard City 3,043 $40,615 $182,100
96 Center 2,052 $27,297 $79,300
97 Del Norte 1,894 $29,266 $80,900
98 Las Animas 1,909 $26,188 $56,300
99 Aetna Estates 1,366 $47,132 $29,200
100 Olathe 1,878 $37,125 $97,200

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